Full-time Apprenticeship 4400appr

Steamfitting

Note: To be eligible for apprenticeship training you must be registered as an apprentice. Go to the BCIT Apprenticeship website for more information.
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A steamfitter/pipefitter installs, alters or repairs steam and hot water boilers and systems for the generation and conveyance of steam and hot water and process piping systems in industrial projects or manufacturing plants. The apprenticeship process requires time on the job and in-school training. A steamfitter/pipefitter apprentice must complete a four-year program including 5,620 workplace hours and 780 in-school hours of training. After completion, a passing grade on the interprovincial examination will result in the B.C. Certificate of Apprenticeship, B.C. Certificate of Qualification, and the Interprovincial Standard Endorsement also known as the Red Seal. A Gas B Certificate from the B.C. Safety Authority is issued to steamfitters who pass the exam in the last level (fourth year) of their apprenticeship training.

Check the Apprenticeship Training Schedules to see available training dates.

Program Entry

If you are registered with the Industry Training Authority, you can apply now to BCIT's Apprenticeship Studies program. Read more about BCIT's apprenticeship programs or view the Steamfitting Apprentice training schedule for the next available training date.

Entrance requirements

Note: Entrance Requirements are used as a guideline for success in this Apprenticeship program. They are recommended, not required.

  • High school graduation
  • English 12 or English language proficiency
  • Algebra 11 or Trade Mathematics 11
  • Physics 11 or Science and Technology 11

Scheduled intakes

Multiple start dates each year.

Please refer to the Apprenticeship Training Schedule for availability of upcoming intakes.

Are you interested in reducing the time away from work to complete your apprenticeship technical training?

See Flexible Innovative Apprenticeship Technical Training (FIATT) for more information. Available FIATT training dates are identified on the Apprenticeship Training Schedule as levels 1AD, 2AD, 3AD, or 4AD.

myCommunication

Within two weeks of submitting your training request, a letter will be mailed to your home address. This letter provides instruction on how to sign on to myBCIT, your one stop shop for BCIT apprentice communication. myBCIT is where you will receive your training confirmation details.

Please see myCommunication for more information.

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

Please see the Fees, Payments and Refunds section of the website for information on full-time tuition fees.

Books and supplies

Apprentices are expected to supply their own CSA approved steel-toed boots, hard hats and safety glasses.

Cost of books: Year 2: $140; Year 3: $125; Year 4: $80

(general estimated cost, subject to change)

Students are required to supply their own coveralls. A supply of coveralls are available through the BCIT Bookstore. Please check the uniform authorization voucher [PDF] to determine the type of coveralls required for your program.

Financial assistance

Income support for apprentices is provided by Human Resource Development Canada (HRDC) through regular Employment Insurance (EI) eligibility. For questions regarding Employment Insurance or Personal Support Payments, please visit the income support overview for current BCIT apprentices.

Courses

Class hours

0730-1400, Monday through Friday

Please refer to the Apprenticeship Training Schedule for class hours and availability of upcoming intakes.

Are you interested in reducing the time away from work to complete your apprenticeship technical training?

See Flexible Innovative Apprenticeship Technical Training (FIATT) for more information. Available FIATT training dates are identified on the Apprenticeship Training Schedule as levels 1AD, 2AD, 3AD, or 4AD.

Transfer credit

Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at BCIT? Check out BCIT's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.

Program Details

Program length

The total amount of in-school training for a steamfitting apprenticeship is 780 hours. There are four levels of training. The first three levels are six weeks each in length and the fourth level is eight weeks.

Grading

Minimum passing grade is 70 per cent.

Program location

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Graduating & Jobs

Graduate employment outcomes

The BCIT student outcomes reports present summary findings from the annual survey of former students administered by BC Stats one to two years after graduation. These reports combine the last three years of available results for the 2013-2015 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2012-2014 graduates and for Degree 2010-2012 graduates. The reports are organized into three-page summaries containing information on graduates' labour market experiences and opinions regarding their education. More detailed information can be accessed at the BC Student Outcomes website.

To view these results, you may need to have the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed in your Web browser.

Credential

BCIT offers a Diploma of Trades Training for apprentices who have successfully completed their technical training at BCIT and have been granted a British Columbia Trades Qualification (IP/TQ). In trades where there is no requirement to complete a Trades Qualification (TQ), a Certificate of Apprenticeship is acceptable. Please see the BCIT apprenticeship training section of the website for more information.

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

If after reviewing the information on our web pages you still have questions regarding our program, please contact any one of us. It would be our pleasure to help you with additional information.

Ron Stewart, Chief Instructor

Ron Stewart, Chief Instructor
Plumbing I.P., "A" Gas Certification
Tel: 604-432-8420
E-mail: ron_stewart@bcit.ca 

 
Bill Johnston

Bill Johnston, Instructor
M.Ed., C.I.P.E., Steamfitting I.P.,
Plumbing I.P., "A" Gas Certification
Tel: 604-456-1225
E-mail: bill_johnston@bcit.ca

 

Rick Lindberg
Steamfitting I.P., "B" Gas Certification
T: 604-456-1225
E: rlindberg3@bcit.ca

 
Lorne Sweet

Lorne Sweet, Instructor
Steamfitting I.P., Plumbing I.P.,
"A" Gas Certification,
"B" Welding TQ with PWP7
Tel: 604-431-4994
E-mail: lorne_sweet@bcit.ca

 

Contact Us

Ron Stewart, Chief Instructor
Tel: 604-432-8420
E-mail: ron_stewart@bcit.ca 

BCIT Apprentice Services

For more information on this or other apprenticeship programs, tuition fees and when programs are offered, please contact BCIT Apprentice Services at:

Office Location: Building SW1, First Floor
Burnaby campus
Phone: 604-456-8100
1-800-667-0676 (BC)
Fax: 604-435-1197
On the web: bcit.ca/apprenticeship

BCIT Apprentice Services can assist apprentices with their registration, tuition fee payments, and other details.

Anyone interested in registering as an apprentice can contact the Industry Training Authority (ITA) at 778-328-8700 or 1-866-660-6011 (BC). BCIT's Apprentice Services can also assist individuals interested in entering apprentice training.

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